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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' episode 5

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This is always an exciting time in the season for all of us here at The Bachelor. It’s that time when I get to walk in and let the ladies know it’s time to pack our bags and hit the road for the remainder of this adventure. There is always a period of time during a season when you realize things have changed. I often don’t fully realize just how pivotal this time really is until I have time to reflect upon it. The next three episodes were really pivotal time for Sean, as well as for the women. So, it’s with that in mind that we begin this very special two-day Bachelor marathon.

I woke the ladies up early the morning after the last rose ceremony to let them know they had just a couple hours to pack their bags to leave for Whitefish, Montana. I have loved the experience of traveling all around the world with this show. We have been to many incredible places, but to me it’s the little diamonds in the rough that we stumble upon that really turn me on. Whitefish is this quaint little fishing and ski town that sits right below Glacier National Park and it is truly a great example of a beautiful diamond in the rough.

Lindsay got the first one-on-one date this week. She’s an interesting woman to watch this season, and it’s hard to figure out exactly who she is. The first night she was so goofy with the wedding dress stunt that Sean nearly sent her home right away. Yet, here she is, and after this date with Sean she’s now one of the front-runners. Sean definitely likes the ladies that make life easy on him and have a good sense of humor and Lindsay fits that bill. She easily secured the rose and then the date spilled out into the streets of Whitefish for what I think is one of the coolest moments of the season. Just about the entire town of Whitefish gathered on Main Street in front of a stage we built for a concert with country star Sara Darling.

Sara put on a great show and then afterwards waited around to greet anybody who wanted to say Hi or get an autograph. Afterwards many of the fans and several of us found one of the local watering holes and the party and good times went deep into the night long after Sean and Lindsay went home. I really love how in some of our dates we are able to really embrace and involve a community like this. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelor' episode 5: 'Nights like tonight, I'm not sure that my wife is in there'

Good God, Sean! If your wife isn’t holed up in a wilderness lodge in Montana surrounded by cameras and other “ladies” who want to steal her man, then where on God’s green earth is she??? It’s a truly terrifying thought. That said, we can’t blame Sean for feeling a little discouraged this week. I mean, all he wants to do is take a “journey” to find a TV “wife,” and yet the women won’t stop bitching to him about Tierra! How is the Bachelor supposed to focus on “connections” and Wonderful QualitiesTM when the “ladies” keep trying to steer the conversation toward the fact that he’s giving roses to a psycho hose beast? Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click over for Kristen’s Bachelor episode 5 recap and Chris Harrison’s Bachelor blog), but in the meantime let me know what you thought about Part 1 of the two-night Bachelorpalooza. Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Sean keeps breaking the rules? Was there ever a more mismatched two-on-one date? And does a goat milk-drinking competition have any place in a televised search for “true” “love”? Post your thoughts below!

'The Bachelor' episode 4: 'It's torture -- it's seriously torture!'

Tell us about it, honey! I mean, four weeks in and I would seriously rather break my jaw while roller skating than listen to some of these “ladies” complain. Or, rather, one of these “ladies.” Of course, it’s vixens like Tierra who keep us helplessly addicted to The Bachelor, right rose lovers? Her hissy fit this week was pretty entertaining, even if Sean did fall for it like a complete and utter sucker. Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click for Kristen’s full recap and Chris Harrison’s weekly blog), but in the meantime work out your feelings about Tiny T and all of tonight’s shenanigans in the comments section below. Is Tierra an evil genius, or just evil? Are you as grossed out by the idea of a “Pretty Woman date” as I am? Has anyone ever taken you on a date to a fake trailer park, and if so, how hard did you hit that person? There’s a lot to talk about, rose lovers. Let’s get to it.

Check out the trailer for season 2 of Ken Marino's 'Bachelor' parody 'Burning Love' -- EXCLUSIVE

Last season on Yahoo’s Burning Love, Julie Gristlewhite (June Diane Raphael) had her heart broken by hose-happy fireman Mark Orlando (Ken Marino). But this season, the tables have turned — and now Julie’s the one who gets to select a mate from a wide pool of eligible bachelors played by the likes of Adam Scott, Jerry O’Connell, Michael Cera, Adam Brody, Colin Hanks, Joe Lo Truglio, Ryan Hansen, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, Nick Thune, Martin Starr, and Kumail Nanjiani.

Appropriately enough, the series — created by Childrens Hospital writer and directed by comedy vet Marino — won’t return to Yahoo! Screen until Feb. 14. But in the meantime, here’s a taste of what you can expect from Burning Love‘s Bachelorette season — which will feature some very dramatic puppet-making, plenty of makeouts, and several all-important “box ceremonies.” (Get your head out of the gutter — that’s how Julie chooses who will make it to the show’s next round.)

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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' episode 3

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming with some breaking news! Sean is working out without his shirt on: let’s go in for a closer look. Now that we have confirmed Sean has gotten his daily, shirtless, workout in, lets explore what was a very pivotal week in the Bachelor house.

This week really felt like somebody flipped an emotional switch. Lesley M. got the first date and it was a record breaker. When I heard about this idea to attempt to break the record for longest on screen kiss for a date I wasn’t exactly sure how it was going to work, but it turned out to be fantastic. Lesley had no idea what was happening, and when she walked out and saw all of us standing there her expression was priceless.

It was pretty cool to set this stage up on Hollywood Boulevard for everybody to see. A big crowd gathered and everybody really got into it, especially Lesley and Sean. When you hear the previous record for longest on screen kiss was three minutes fifteen seconds it doesn’t sound that crazy. What you have to realize is it’s not just kissing for that long, that’s easy, but someone has to televise a continuous kiss for over three minutes. The more you think about it, the more you realize that’s a lot of screen time for just one continuous kiss. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelor' episode 3: 'Start wearing a helmet from now on'

Well that was definitely an eventful episode — wouldn’t you say, rose lovers? We finally got to watch the aftermath of Tierra’s much-hyped tumble down the stairs, one woman got sent home early, and another bachelorette’s dog was treated to a ride in a limo. Can’t ask for more than that, can you? Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click for Kristen’s full Bachelor episode 3 recap and Chris Harrison’s weekly blog), but in the meantime, limber up your typing fingers by posting your thoughts below. Is attempting to break a Guinness World Record an appropriate date activity? Who in their right mind plays beach volleyball for fun? And is it really safe to take two chronically ill teenagers on a ride called the Drop of Doom? Honestly, it really freaked me out.

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' episode 2

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Ladies and gentlemen, your Miss America 2013 is… Miss New York. I want to start this week by congratulating Miss New York on winning the crown and by thanking the Miss America Organization for having me back again this year to host the show. I have to admit I was a little surprised when I peeked at the card on the stage and saw the judges chose Miss New York over the very popular Miss South Carolina. It was definitely a bit of an upset, but Miss New York is a very deserving winner and really blew the judges away in her interview earlier in the week, and that stuck with them throughout the final night. Imagine me being involved with a competition show that had a little drama. I appreciate all of you that watched the ceremony and for all of those that watched the Bachelor on Monday night.

I was so happy we were able to get the cameras to Sean’s house in time to catch him in the middle of his workout… pardon me, his shirtless workout. I did feel a little bad when we accidentally caught him in the middle of his shower. But being the man he is, Sean took it all in stride and got ready for his week of first dates. Sarah got the first one-on-one date and was as nervous as she was excited. It always amazes me every time we land a helicopter on the driveway of the mansion. The space it lands on isn’t very wide and I’m always so impressed with the pros that land those choppers each time. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelor' episode 2: 'Tacky hos are a dime a dozen,' and happy anniversary to our beloved reality TV trainwreck

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Has it really been 25 seasons already? Yes, rose lovers, Sean’s is the 25th “journey” (17 for The Bachelor, and 8 for The Bachelorette) taken by a hopeless/hapless romantic seeking love in prime time. To celebrate this momentous occasion, overlord Mike Fleiss threw a party for press at Casa Bachelor featuring cocktails, a faux rose ceremony presided over by Sean, and tours of the 8,000 square-foot, probably-not-at-all-infested-with-pubic-lice mansion where the magic happens. This snapshot from the night — featuring (back row) Erica Rose, Sean, Jason, Ali, Casey, Courtney, (front row) Trista, Emily, Molly, Jillian, Stagliano, Deanna, Stagliano No. 2 — says it all, does it not? And by “it all,” I mean, “Wait, which one is Casey?”

Anyhow, on to tonight’s episode. The dates were suitably ridiculous (let’s put it this way: the most normal activity of the night involved jumping off a skyscraper), and there are definitely some clear frontrunners in the “connections” department. For me, though, the real revelation was Amanda, the “fit model” who, if tonight’s episode is any indication, might actually have split personality disorder. Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight, but in the meantime duke it out in the comments section now. Who should have gone home? Are hair extensions really such a crime? And what exactly was Daniella trying to say about “the Atlantis,” anyway? Post your thoughts now!

More Bachelor from EW:
Bachelor recap: The Book of Love
Bachelor: See the Harlequin romance cover photos
Chris Harrison’s Bachelor blog

Bachelor Sean Lowe takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO

Maybe it’s just because it’s how we decide who we’re compatible with, but we’ve always thought date conversation on The Bachelor should include important questions like, “What’s the movie you have to watch every time you spot it on cable?” and “Name a guilty pleasure song on your iPod.” You want to know if the answer is Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA,” which, in the case of Bachelor Sean Lowe, IT IS.

Watch his video EW Pop Culture Personality Test below. Bonus: We also found out what he does off-screen to prepare for rose ceremonies. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' season premiere

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Let me start this season off by saying it’s always good to be back. I always miss you guys as much as you miss the show. I didn’t get a chance to put up a blog after Ashley and JP’s wedding so before I dive into the new season of The Bachelor let me back up a bit and say just a few words. I was incredibly honored to be a part of that special day. The truth is that the odds of any relationship, on TV or off, making it all the way to the altar and ending in marriage are so small that it’s something that should always be cherished and celebrated. When you add to that the fact that Ashley and JP are such good people and so fantastic together it should definitely be celebrated. One thing I’m always struck by during these Bachelor weddings is how damn fun they are. At the end of the day it’s just a bunch of family and friends celebrating one of the great things life has to offer: true love. Speaking of true love, let’s talk about Sean and his search for that very thing. READ FULL STORY

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